Wardriving with WIFI Pineapple Nano in Mobile World Congress 2016 at Barcelona

WIFI Pineapple Nano is a nice tiny device to do Wireless Security Auditing. It has OpenWRT embedded as S.O. with 2 Wireless NIC pre-configured and a lot of Security tools pre-installed ready to perform a Security Wireless Auditing. For further details, you can check the Hak5 page and I encourage you to buy one (https://www.wifipineapple.com)!.


The idea is to do a quick wardriving around of the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona to check if the attendants are aware about their Mobile Devices with the leak of information.
The arsenal at Mobile World Congress 2016 Barcelona - Wardriving with WIFI Pineapple Nano, Android & Kismet

At the end, after wardriving, you will get the following files:

  • xyz.alert
  • xyz.gpsxml
  • xyz.netxml
  • xyz.pcapdump

With above files you will can identify the Manufacturer of the device (or model), the geo-position and route followed aproximadely and other information related signal quality.

The arsenal

The software and devices I’ve used are the following:



Obviously I have initialised my Pineapple Nano previously and have updated the firmware. But if you haven’t already done so, I recommend the next guide: https://www.wifipineapple.com/pages/setup

The next steps are if you have initialised Pineapple Nano.

1) Connect to WIFI Pineapple and prepare everything

By using USB cable, connect the Pineapple Nano to your PC, in my case I’m using a Virtualbox VM with Kali Linux.
Then, from a Kali Linux (the best Linux distro for Security Audit) terminal will get the wp6.sh script and will connect to Pineapple Nano.
The wp6.sh can be downloaded from here: https://github.com/hak5darren/wp6


After that, open your browser in your Kali Linux and connect to

From the Pineapple Web Admin console, insert the SD and format It.
After that, verify if SD was formatted successfully.

root@Pineapple:~# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Available Use% Mounted on
rootfs 2.3M 900.0K 1.4M 39% /
/dev/root 12.5M 12.5M 0 100% /rom
tmpfs 29.9M 3.6M 26.3M 12% /tmp
/dev/mtdblock3 2.3M 900.0K 1.4M 39% /overlay
overlayfs:/overlay 2.3M 900.0K 1.4M 39% /
tmpfs 512.0K 0 512.0K 0% /dev
/dev/sdcard/sd1 6.2G 14.6M 5.9G 0% /sd

Now, open other Kali Linux terminal and get SSH access to Pineapple Nano and update the packages.

![https://holisticsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/blog-chilcano-02-config-2-connect-pineapple-ssh.png](https://holisticsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/blog-chilcano-02-config-2-connect-pineapple-ssh.png "Kali Linux terminal and get SSH access to Pineapple Nano")

root@Pineapple:~# opkg update

2) Install Kismet in the Pineapple Nano

Pineapple Nano has not enough space internally to install things. I recommend you to install your new applications or packages in the SD.

root@Pineapple:~# opkg list | grep kismet
kismet-client - 2013-03-R1b-1 - An 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. This package contains the kismet text interface client.
kismet-drone - 2013-03-R1b-1 - An 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. This package contains the kismet remote sniffing.and monitoring drone.
kismet-server - 2013-03-R1b-1 - An 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. This package contains the kismet server.

root@Pineapple:~# # opkg --dest sd install kismet-server

root@Pineapple:~# # opkg --dest sd install kismet-client

3) Sharing the Android's GPS with the WIFI Pineapple Nano

To do this, we need to connect our Android Mobile to the Pineapple USB 2.0 Host port and from Android share the GPS signal by using ShareGPS app. Before, let's go to install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) in the Pineapple.

root@Pineapple:~# opkg --dest sd install adb

Installing adb (android.5.0.2_r1-1) to sd...
Downloading https://www.wifipineapple.com/nano/packages/adb_android.5.0.2_r1-1_ar71xx.ipk.
Configuring adb.

Now, from your Pineapple SSH terminal start the ADB service and check if your Android Mobile is recognized for the Pineapple Nano. Before, to enable USB Debugging and enable USB Tethering in your Mobile.

My Android Mobile is recognized with ID 2a47:0004.

root@Pineapple:~# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 2a47:0004
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05e3:0745 Genesys Logic, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0cf3:9271 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR9271 802.11n
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 058f:6254 Alcor Micro Corp. USB Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Start ADB service in Pineapple Nano.

root@Pineapple:~# adb devices
* daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
* daemon started successfully *
List of devices attached
AB010682 unauthorized

In your Android Mobile is prompted to accept connection from Pineapple. Accept It and run again ADB. You have to see the next as shown below.

root@Pineapple:~# adb devices
List of devices attached
AB010682 device

Now, in your Android install the ShareGPS app from Google Play Store. After that, start the app and share the GPS signal.

Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
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Finally, You are ready to use the shared Android's GPS signal. Let's to check it.

root@Pineapple:~# adb forward tcp:50000 tcp:50000

root@Pineapple:~# telnet localhost 50000


After running telnet localhost 50000 you will see in green on the ShareGPS app connections “Connected” instead of “Listening”. That verifies Pineapple connected to Android’s GPS, also you will see some characters in your terminal demonstrating that everything works.

4) Configuration of Kismet: wlan1 in monitor mode

The WIFI Pineapple Nano has 2 Wireless NICs: wlan0 and wlan1.

root@Pineapple:~# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

usb0 no wireless extensions.

wlan1 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

wlan0-1 IEEE 802.11bgn Mode:Master Tx-Power=17 dBm
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn Mode:Master Tx-Power=17 dBm
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

eth0 no wireless extensions.

br-lan no wireless extensions.

I’m going to use wlan1 to capture the 802.11 traffic, in fact, the wlan1 will be configured in monitor mode as shown below:

root@Pineapple:~# ifconfig wlan1 down
root@Pineapple:~# iwconfig wlan1 mode monitor
root@Pineapple:~# ifconfig wlan1 up

Check again the wireless interfaces. The wlan1 NIC should be in monitor mode.

root@Pineapple:~# iwconfig wlan1
wlan1 IEEE 802.11bgn Mode:Monitor Frequency:2.412 GHz Tx-Power=20 dBm
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

5) Configuration of Kismet: MAC Address Manufacturer

Kismet by default hasn’t the MAC Address Manufacturer database, I have to download it from the Wireshark web portal and copy it to /sd.

root@Pineapple:~# wget -O /sd/manuf http://anonsvn.wireshark.org/wireshark/trunk/manuf

root@Pineapple:~# ln -s /sd/manuf /etc/manuf
root@Pineapple:~# ln -s /sd/manuf /sd/etc/manuf

6) Configuration of Kismet: Installing and configuring GPSd

GPSd is a service daemon that monitors one or more GPSes or AIS receivers attached to a host computer through serial or USB ports, making all data on the location/course/velocity of the sensors available to be queried on TCP port 2947 of the host computer. (http://www.catb.org/gpsd)

GPSd is not available in the current repository of OpenWRT (Chaos Calmer 15.05) used for WIFI Pineapple Nano. Not problem, we can install the all GPSd packages for an older version of OpenWRT.
The packages to be installed are:

  • libgps_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
  • libgpsd_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
  • gpsd_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
  • gpsd-clients_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk

Download and install them.

root@Pineapple:~# cd /sd
root@Pineapple:/sd# wget https://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09/ar71xx/generic/packages/libgps_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
root@Pineapple:/sd# wget https://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09/ar71xx/generic/packages/libgpsd_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
root@Pineapple:/sd# wget https://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09/ar71xx/generic/packages/gpsd_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
root@Pineapple:/sd# wget https://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09/ar71xx/generic/packages/gpsd-clients_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk

root@Pineapple:/sd# opkg --dest sd install libgps_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
root@Pineapple:/sd# opkg --dest sd install libgpsd_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
root@Pineapple:/sd# opkg --dest sd install gpsd_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk
root@Pineapple:/sd# opkg --dest sd install gpsd-clients_3.7-1_ar71xx.ipk

Just make sure what gpsd service not starting on boot.
You can edit /etc/default/gpsd and set everything to false and/or run service gpsd stop.

root@Pineapple:~# nano /etc/default/gpsd
# Default settings for the gpsd init script and the hotplug wrapper.

# Start the gpsd daemon automatically at boot time

# Use USB hotplugging to add new USB devices automatically to the daemon

# Devices gpsd should collect to at boot time.
# They need to be read/writeable, either by user gpsd or the group dialout.

# Other options you want to pass to gpsd

Now, start the GPSd service. In debug mode:

root@Pineapple:~# gpsd -F /var/run/gpsd.sock -N tcp://localhost:50000

Or run it as daemon.

root@Pineapple:~# gpsd -F /var/run/gpsd.sock tcp://localhost:50000


  • -F /var/run/gpsd.sock is the control socket file being used for GPSd.
  • tcp://localhost:50000 is the shared Andoid’s GPS signal being listening on TCP port.
  • -N don’t daemonize, useful for debugging.

And to check if GPSd is working, just run this:

root@Pineapple:~# cgps

7) Starting Kismet for the first time

Now, we are ready to start Kismet.
Kismet is a Client/Server application, firstly, I will start the Kismet Server and secondly the Kismet Client.

root@Pineapple:~# kismet_server -p /sd/.kismet -c wlan1 --daemonize


  • -p /sd/.kismet is the folder where Kismet Server will place the log files.
  • -c wlan1 is the NIC in monitor mode to be used.
  • Kismet has by default the GPSd configured properly. Nothing to fo here.
  • Kismet will look for the MAC Address Manufacturer file in this path /etc/manuf.

In other terminal run the next:

root@Pineapple:~# kismet_client

You should see the Kismet UI showning the Wireless Networks and connected clientes identified and reading the GPS coordinates in real-time.

8) Running Kismet for the next times

Now, if you want to avoid run all above commands one-by-one, you could create a shell script with all required commands.
Then, let's to create a simple and dirty shell script.

root@Pineapple:~# nano /root/run_wardriving.sh


echo "==> Setting wlan1 in monitor mode"
ifconfig wlan1 down
iwconfig wlan1 mode monitor
ifconfig wlan1 up

echo "==> Enabling ADB Forwarding to tcp:50000"
adb forward tcp:50000 tcp:50000

echo "==> Refreshing NTP server"
killall ntpd
ntpd > /dev/null 2>&1 &
sleep 3

echo "==> Starting GPSD with tcp://localhost:50000"
service gpsd stop
killall gpsd
gpsd -F /var/run/gpsd.sock tcp://localhost:50000
sleep 3

echo "==> Starting Kismet server in background"
killall kismet_server
kismet_server -p /sd/.kismet -c wlan1 --daemonize

And executions privileges.

root@Pineapple:~# chmod +x /root/run_wardriving.sh

The run_wardriving.sh will be useful when starting Kismet for the next times, because you have to do from your Android mobile and don’t from your PC or Kali Linux.
You will need something likes that shell script to start wardriving quickly and from your Android mobile.
For that, you will need also JuiceSSH App in your Android mobile to connect to WIFI Pineapple Nano and execute the run_wardriving.sh script. ;)

Some results

Below some screenshots taken from my Android mobile and Google Earth with the WIFI Networks placed.

1) Kismet in action

Kismet in action693 Wireless Networks indentifiedOps!, A rogue AP?

2) Creating Wireless Recon Maps with Google Earth and GISKismet

GISKismet is a wireless recon visualization tool to represent data gathered using Kismet in a flexible manner. GISKismet stores the information in a database so that the user can generate graphs using SQL. GISKismet currently uses SQLite for the database and GoogleEarth / KML files for graphing. (http://git.kali.org/gitweb/?p=packages/giskismet.git)


  • WIFI Pineapple has a tons of Security tools installed, but not tools to perform a Wardriving. For that Kismet and GPS were installed and configured. Probably in the following blog post I will explain how to create a Module for Wardriving.
  • Turn off your phone mobile. The new mobiles or smartphones (Android, iOS, Windows, …) have a Wireless Network Interface, they are constantly trying to connect to Wireless networks, to do that, all Mobiles send packets asking for Access Points. Kismet or other Tools taken advantage of that by capturing these packets. If you want to avoid that, just turn off your Wireless Network Interface and avoid to connect to Wireless Access Point unknown.
  • The tip of the iceberg. The packets that your phone Mobile emits and captures Kismet is only basic information and does not represent any risk to you. This phase is called Security “Data gathering” or “Recognition”. The problem comes later, there are other tools that allow a targeted attack to steal important information.
  • The business behind of IoT and BigData. Actually, Marketing Companies and Telecoms are monetizing with the tracking information of phone mobiles. They are taking advantage of radio/cellular signal to track in all the time. With these information the Shopping Company could identify your pattern of behavior, which stores visited, what phone mobile model do you have, etc. Only search in Google “phone mobile wireless anonymous tracking” and will be aware of the industry behind and who is making money.
  • There isn’t Security awareness at Mobile World Congress. Large conferences where there are people crowd (and thousands of mobiles phone) are a breeding ground for scammers and thieves who take advantage of weaknesses or defects of the Organization, the Devices or the Apps. Then, my friend be careful with that.


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4 comments on “Wardriving with WIFI Pineapple Nano in Mobile World Congress 2016 at Barcelona
  1. Woden says:


    Thank you for the tutorial.

    I got this error with installing Kismet on sd card:

    root@Pineapple:~# opkg –dest sd install kismet-server
    Installing kismet-server (2013-03-R1b-1) to sd…
    Downloading http://downloads.openwrt.org/chaos_calmer/15.05/ar71xx/generic/packages/packages/kismet-server_2013-03-R1b-1_ar71xx.ipk.
    Configuring kismet-server.
    grep: /usr/lib/opkg/info/kismet-server.control: No such file or directory
    cat: can’t open ‘/usr/lib/opkg/info/kismet-server.list’: No such file or directory

    You you know to fix it?


  2. Woden says:


    I fix this error to reset Nano and format sd card.

    Now i’ve a problem with Android GPS. Kismet not connect my gps.

    in kismet.conf i change gps=false to true but is not working.

    Do you have a solution to fix this issue?


  3. Jimmy says:

    I had some problem with the config file of kismet + the –daemonize option. Here is the fix I use:
    Change the end of the config file in /sd/etc/kismet/kismet.conf
    configdir=/sd/.kismet (without the / at the end)

    Config file, add the -f option + switch –daemonize to pipe stdout and stderr to a file:
    kistmet_server -p /sd/.kismet -f /sd/etc/kismet/kismet.conf -c wlan1 >> /var/log/kismetOutput 2>&1 &

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